Realizing the power of Information and Communications Technology in providing meaningful 21st Century learning, Globe Telecom brings its Global Filipino School (GFS) program to Cebu City National Science High School (CCNSHS) even as it ensures online health and safety of the Visayan youth through the Digital Thumbprint Program cyber wellness advocacy which will be implemented in Mandaue City public schools starting this school year.
“The classroom alone will not bring the fun and interest of learners to be globally competitive in the future” says Dr Juliet Jeruta, Regional Director DepEd Philippines Region 7.
Considering the exponential growth of technology, teachers and educators should also embrace the innovation as much as students do.
“Quality education goes hand-in-hand with ICT which allows learning to take place not only within the classroom but even beyond it. Mobile internet adoption and the availability of affordable data-capable gadgets make it easier now for both students and teachers to access a vast library of information previously out of reach. We believe that by providing the teachers and students with the tools they need, we can help uplift the state of Philippine education one classroom at a time” said Yoly Crisanto, Globe Senior Vice President for Corporate Communications.
The GFS program provides selected public schools with infrastructure support and ICT equipment such as the Globe Digital Learning Lab – a mobile cart of ICT gadgets composed of netbooks, tablets and projectors powered with superior internet connectivity. The Lab can be used to teach different subject matters whether inside or outside the classroom to encourage creativity, communication, collaboration and critical thinking.
Last Friday, June 30, 2107, Globe has turned over 20 tablets with mirroring capability for projectors and LCD screens, 2 projector kits with projector screen, 10 Globe Prepaid Supersticks, one mobile cart which also serves as a charging station and free 10 Mbps internet connection. CCNSHS is the 10th school in Cebu province which benefitted from the GFC program which now covers 142 schools all over the country.
At present, many public schools are still missing out on the benefits of ICT, prompting Globe to help address the concern through GFS. The program, which started in 2012, intends to transform at least one school in each of the 221 school divisions under the Department of Education into centers of ICT excellence within the next four years.
Moreover, it is still a challenge for some teachers and educators to embrace the new technology esp those who have been accustomed to the traditional chalk and board set-up but with the help of Globe, the community and other younger educators and teachers as well, eventually this challenge can be overcome to pave way to a more effective learning and teaching medium.